Wednesday, November 13, 2002

If I Were a Firearm, Would I Soon Have to Ban Myself?

Which Firearm are you?
brought to you byStan Ryker

Thanks to Rachel Lucas for the link.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Kirby's Been Nailed, But Never Hammered

Here is an excerpt from a recent (8 Nov. 2002) exchange in the High Court of Australia:

CALLINAN J: Mr Jackson, it seems to me that clearly the people at the party, including Ms Joslyn and Mr Berryman, went out with the intention of getting drunk.

MR JACKSON: It would be a big night, your Honour, big night.

CALLINAN J: With the intention of getting drunk and they fulfilled that intention.

MR JACKSON: Well, your Honour, young people sometimes - - -

KIRBY J: I just think "drunk" is a label and I am a little worried about - it is not necessary to put that label. It is just that they were sufficiently affected by alcohol to affect their capacity to drive.


KIRBY J: "A drunk" has all sorts of baggage with it.

HAYNE J: Perhaps "hammered" is the more modern expression, Mr Jackson, or "well and truly hammered".

MR JACKSON: I am indebted to your Honour.

KIRBY J: I do not know any of these expressions.

McHUGH J: No, no. Justice Hayne must live a very different life to the sort of life we lead.

KIRBY J: I have never heard that word "hammered" before, never. Not before this very minute.

Monday, November 11, 2002

New York, New Pork

The New York Post's Heather MacDonald writes on plans for welfare "reform" in New York:

THE City Council is about to obliterate welfare reform and return us to the days when one in seven New Yorkers lived off the labors of the other six.

Under a bill steaming through the council, welfare recipients would no longer need to work or look for work in exchange for benefits. Instead, anyone expressing a preference for "education and training" as an alternative to workfare would be able to attend classes and avoid work.

It's impossible to overstate the regressiveness of this bill. For decades, welfare advocates touted "education and training" as the best route off of welfare. The rolls only skyrocketed. The radical insight of 1990s welfare reform was that the best way to move welfare recipients into work was . . . to send them to work.

Both the 1996 federal welfare reform and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's workfare program recognized that the most crucial skill that welfare recipients need is the discipline to show up to a workplace every day on time -and the only way to acquire that skill is by working.

The insight proved revolutionary: Nationally, the welfare rolls dropped over 50 percent in five years; New York's rolls dropped 60 percent from 1993 to 2001. Black child poverty is at its lowest point in history.

Why, then, would the City Council want to move back to the old, failed status quo? The answer lies in a combination of self-interest and ideology.

Sunday, November 10, 2002

A Very Touching Story
And now for something completely different...This joke is doing the rounds of cyberspace.

Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day.

"Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish," she asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"

Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says, "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"

"Osama Bin Laden," she says.

"Why Osama Bin Laden," her father asks in shock.

"Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit.

"And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

Her father's heart swells and he looks at his daughter with newfound pride.

"Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard."

"I know," Melissa says, "and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow the crap out of him!"

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